You might have heard some misgivings about the employment opportunities in Moray. So we’re here to bust those myths and give you a realistic look at the vibrant economic environment you can find in Lossiemouth, Elgin and the surrounding areas.
Employed or Self-Employed – Moray is Packed With Potential
The Moray area is bursting with employment opportunities across a whole spectrum of industries and roles. If you’re self-employed or looking to set-up your own business, there are plenty of opportunities in the area and access to some great support organisations too.
The cover image above shows the Forres Enterprise Park located less than 30 mins away from Lossiemouth. It is full of high quality business units and land for development, and is home to the headquarters of Orbex, a Scottish Aerospace company!
MYTH ONE – Local Employees Won’t Recruit RAF Spouses Because They Are Scared Of You Moving On
Perhaps a pinch of truth back in the midst of time for the small companies employing only a handful of staff but given the high rates of RAF families who choose to settle locally this is no longer an issue.
All the main local employers such as public sector (local authority, NHS Grampian etc), retail and international branches such as Baxters, Johnstones, Diageo and Walkers Shortbread are actively keen to employ an RAF spouse.
MYTH TWO – Only low-level Shop or Factory Work is Available in Moray
Moray often struggles to attract new talent to the region so RAF familes and RAF service leavers settling in area are incredibly welcome additions to the employment pool. From Senior Project Management to Specialists within NHS, Teachers to Receptionists, there are vacancies locally at every level and you are knocking at a open door.
You could be surprised at the wide variety of jobs/opportunities which are comparable to those found across the UK . SPEY PR, for example, is Headquartered in Forres and originally founded in Aberlour. It is now an established name in the public relations and whisky industries, winning multiple industry awards – It continues to grown and thrive in the area.
MYTH THREE – My Own Business Can’t Run From Moray
Moray has benefited from massive investments in digital connectivity and there is a strong entrepreneurial spirit locally.
The Business Gateway provides a plethora of business advice and support, whether you already have your own business or are interested in starting one.
COVID has changed many business models with a move to working from home, you will find a soft landing and a strong support structure within the business community – Moray Business Woman being a great example, and Greenbrae Steading flexible co-working, meeting and event space, another!
MYTH FOUR – My Qualifications Won’t Transfer To Scotland
Scotland does have different professional bodies for some professions like teaching which historically didn’t accept qualifications from somewhere else in the UK or overseas. This is rapidly changing and whilst some qualifications require a short period of re-training on Scottish specific elements of work, this shouldn’t be a barrier to immediate employment.
Moray Council, for example, will employ a teacher qualified in England whilst they go through their registration process and they advertise through Forces Families Jobs: www.forcesfamiliesjobs.co.uk.
Key Employers in Moray
Finding A Job in Moray
In addition to the usual job search engines, you might find the websites below useful when finding a job in the area:
Won’t I pay more income tax in Scotland?
Yes, Income tax is different in Scotland and higher earners do pay a little more. If you are assigned to Lossie, the MOD will provide adjustment so no one in the Armed Forces pays more to serve in Scotland than elsewhere.
If you want to learn more about how much income tax you might pay in Scotland, the BBC have a great article that can be found here!
Learn more about Employment in Moray
Visit the MyMoray website to discover more about working and jobs in Moray.